waiting for passion

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Sometimes it’s just not the time to pursue that great big, beating out of your heart, racing thoughts in your head passion.  I hate waiting.  Patience is not a strength of mine.

But waiting is part of life.  Maybe…

You just had a baby.  You’re 5 semesters into your undergrad.  You have more debt than not.  You have 3 kids under 5.  You’re getting ready to move.  You’ve just moved.  Your parents are ill.  You’re between jobs.  You have 3 jobs.  You’re exhausted.  You’re stressed.  You have no margin.

Sometimes it’s just not the right time to pursue the “big thing” that you desire more than anything.  Sometimes it’s not the time to pursue something good.  Sometimes it’s not the time to pursue what you feel you are called to do.

And, that’s okay.  There are seasons full of nothing but waiting.

Waiting can be good.  So good.  Waiting can cause patience to grow beyond what you knew possible.

Patience can test your passion, put it through to the fiery test of time.  Waiting can refine your passion, burning away all of the unnecessary, all of the fluff you thought you had to have in order to make a go of it.  Patience while waiting has a tendency to hone a focus on the most essential elements of your passion.

Sure, at first–while waiting for a baby, that burning passion of motherhood–it seemed important to have the nursery just so and the bank account nice and padded.  But, as you wait for that bundle of joy for one reason or another–your heart trains on the important part of that passion of motherhood…the very tiny person that makes you a mother.

Of course, to own your own business, it would be nice to have all new equipment and a beautiful office to receive clients.  However, if you’ve had to wait to go after your dream, just opening your doors and helping one person will feel like you’ve been given the keys to the city.

If it’s not yet time to pursue your passion, for whatever reason, just wait.  Wait in the middle.  Wait in the waiting.  Wait patiently to move forward.

Your passion will still be there, waiting for it’s season.

5 Tips While Waiting:

*Research and learn about your interest.  Learn about it from all angles.  Watch films about it, read books about it, conduct interviews about it.

*Imagine your life without pursuing that passion.  What would that life feel like?  Imagine your life when you finally can go after your passion.  What does that life feel like?

*Talk to people who are currently doing what you want to do.  Ask what it is really like.  Try to get a realistic idea of what is required.

*Start to gather resources you will need for when the time is right.

*Have a friend who will remind you that now is not the time for your passion, but now is good.  There is value to be found in the here and now.

For more in this series, please visit The Passion Proposition.

20 Comments

  • yes to this! passion is wonderful and motivating. but sometimes the things we are passionate about do not fit with current life circumstances and that is okay. i have a wise friend and mentor that has said to me over the years in different life stages but positive and negative “it’s only for a season.” so i choose to cherish the season i am in while i am in it. i choose to be passionate about this life stage. this time and place. just this.

    love this series!

  • Reply April 13, 2012

    renee

    Haley – you are so talented. I just adore your writing style and love how you are so able to phrase something in a new light. It’s clear you are using your spiritual gifts wisely – God bless and love from Minneapolis :)

    • Reply April 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      thanks so much for your sweet encouragement! xo

  • Reply April 13, 2012

    carlybumstead

    This is exactly what I needed to read today! So thank you for that. I’m at the point right now where I am trying to focus on paying off my student debt asap. This means other goals (like building my career and my business) get brushed to the side slightly, which can be difficult to deal with some days. I am a very goal-oriented person and tend to put too much pressure on myself to succeed. And like you, I am far from patient. So sometimes I need a reminder like this one to reassure me it’s OK to wait. Great post!

    • Reply April 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      i think we are told so often that goals are important, but rarely are we told the waiting is important, too. :) xo.

  • Reply April 13, 2012

    Catherine Denton

    I’m in a sort-of waiting season right now. I don’t have the time necessary to devote to writing the books I’ve dreamed of writing. I kept finding myself frustrated that I couldn’t devote huge chunks of uninterrupted time to writing. But then I realized I COULD paint with interruptions. If my kids needed something I could help them then come right back to my place. I could also pay attention if they were talking and still paint. Those two things I couldn’t do with writing my book. I personally have to have complete concentration.or I lose my train of thought. Releasing that dream for now has helped this season of my life flow beautifully and I still have a writing outlet with my blog–on a much smaller scale. I know the day will come when the house will be empty and quiet–that’s when I’ll return to my writing passion.

    • Reply April 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      yes! been there and am still there in some ways. can you imagine an empty and quiet house? i can’t right now, but i’m sure it will break my heart when the day comes!

  • Reply April 13, 2012

    Renee

    Loving your post and patience is not a strong suit of mine either! Have a Great Weekend:)

    • Reply April 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      who does love being patient? i’d venture a guess that the people who are patient have learned it rather than were born with it! :) that said, i’ve probably not been very patient with learning patience. ooph! hope your weekend was fantastic!

  • Reply April 13, 2012

    maddie

    This is great! I especially consider the line, ” Patience while waiting has a tendency to hone a focus on the most essential elements of your passion” so true. Patience really does make us focus on only what is truly important or necessary. Thanks for posting!

    • Reply April 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      thank YOU for chiming in! patience, oy, my nemesis. ;) i have to look for the silver lining…otherwise i get bummed out about the waiting. but, those times of waiting are necessary seasons and are even good for us in the long run. imagine that!

      • Reply April 15, 2012

        maddie

        They are good for us, as much as we hate it in the process :)

  • You totally snuck in my room and read my journal didn’t you???

    No?
    Oh well, you would have never known from the spot-on description of how I feel about this “in between place” I have been occupying lately. Thank you for giving it a title, a description, and a meaning.

    • Reply April 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      i did. :)

      no, i didn’t. that would be creepy, right?? i’ve been in the in-between. i feel like right now i have a lot of traction, but a lot of days i still feel like i’m waiting for some things. thanks a million for reading here and taking the time to comment. you make the space much more inviting when i sit down to right.

  • Reply April 14, 2012

    Bridget

    Sometimes the season of waiting means complete and quiet dormancy, the death before the resurrection. Sometimes we have no control over the time of our rising, but we wait in patient trust for our springtime.

    • Reply April 15, 2012

      Tiny Twig

      i love those springtime seasons in life. the heart pops back open and life and love just pours out.

  • Reply April 15, 2012

    Sara Grace

    Wonderful post! I’m nearing the end of sophomore year in college, and I must say I’m pretty sure I still have senioritis from high school. It’s hard to keep your passion when you’re stuck in the waiting period before you can truly take off. This was a great post with wonderful tips to keep in mind!

  • Reply April 25, 2012

    melissa stover

    i was just telling a friend the other day that i have wholeheartedly loved every season i was in and when it was time to move to a new one, god directed my path every time and gave me a new passion. i feel like the past three years are moving me toward the exciting season of business ownership and growing that business.

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